This is the heart-stopping moment a great white shark crashes into a kayaker, almost capsizing the vessel as the animal powers through the water to hunt a seal off the coast of New Zealand.
Greg Potter was sitting back in his pedal kayak admiring nature from a distance as he watched a young great white shark shooting through the ocean surface to try and catch a seal off New Zealand’s Eastern Cape.
But as the young shark sought to land the prey in its jaws, the spectacle got a little too close for comfort, almost plunging the kayaker himself into the action.
The shark twice fired into the bottom of Greg’s kayak, nearly knocking over the vessel on the second time of trying.
The knock nearly knocked Greg clean into the water, potentially leaving him with a similar destiny to that of the ill-fated seal.
As Greg saw the great white shark chasing the seal, he stopped pedaling and filmed the incredible scenes to upload to his GP Fishing Adventures social media channels
A seal is seen up close as it nears Greg’s kayak off the coast of New Zealand’s Eastern Cape, with a great white shark following closely behind
A seal and shark plummet through the water off the coast of New Zealand just metres away from Greg’s kayak
Greg has previously assumed the disturbance was a school of tuna fish flapping around and had ventured over on his kayak to have a look.
He quickly realised however that it was a young shark chasing a seal. He stopped pedaling around 200 metres away and filmed the incredible scenes to upload to his GP Fishing Adventures social media channels.
The seal can be seen repeatedly shooting up into the water to try and scramble away from the shark, which follows closely behind.
In awe of what he’s seeing – at this point even closer at around 100 metres away – Greg says on the footage: ‘I’ve got a juvenile great white shark chasing a seal out here.
‘It’s unreal,’ he adds, despite the chase getting for what many would consider more than close enough.
After the experience, Greg told the New Zealand Herald: ‘They were moving fast man … like just flying through the water.’
Greg then made the quick decision to hit the pedals as the seal and shark started to circle him – but it was too late.
He said he thought the seal may have been using his kayak as shelter from the predator, causing the shark to leap up near him and strike the boat twice.
A seal and a shark are seen shooting out of the ocean as the hunter attempts to catch its prey
The shark twice fired into the bottom of Greg’s kayak, nearly knocking over the vessel on the second time of trying
The seal can be seen repeatedly shooting up into the water to try and scramble away from the shark, which follows closely behind
The second strike nearly knocked Greg out of the kayak and straight into the water, even closer to the jaws of the shark.
But the experienced fisherman managed to regain his balance and continued his swift exit out of the danger zone.
He said he still remained in awe, comparing the real life action to something one would only normally see in a David Attenborough documentary.
He told the New Zealand Herald that the experience was ‘breathtaking’ and that he was able to remain fairly calm despite the shark being an arm’s reach away at one point.
However, the adventurer said the potential consequences of what could have happened had he not maintained his balance still gives him ‘chills’.
‘If it had managed to get me out of the kayak, that that could have been a pretty disastrous ending,’ he told the New Zealand publication.
The juvenile great white shark is seen leaping out of the water as it attempts to catch a seal
As the young shark sought to land the prey in its jaws, the spectacle got a little too close for comfort, almost plunging the kayaker himself into the action
A young great white shark shots through the ocean surface to try and catch a seal off New Zealand’s Eastern Cape
The experienced fisherman managed to regain his balance and continued his swift exit out of the danger zone
He noted that he had almost been covered head to toe in back at the time – making him almost indistinguishable from a seal in the shark’s perspective.
But this was not the first time that Greg has been thrown in at the deep end with his escapades around New Zealand.
He said he has previously caught a 100kg marlin from his kayak, and even seen orcas and giant sunfish up close.
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